Yamaha Club Magazine – April/May 2011 edition

The April / May 2011 edition of Yamaha Club Magazine is now available – and comes to subscribers filled with news, views and a wealth of fabulous workshops and tutorials for the Yamaha keyboard, Clavinova and organ player. Read on for more news of what’s included – and for links to the associated downloads and web pages.

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Japan Appeal

• Club News: The Disaster Hitting Japan
As we went to press we were hearing shocking news of the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent radiation danger that struck the north of Japan during mid-March. We appealed for donations to be sent to the British Red Cross who immediately set up a disaster fund. Since then Rotary International (who Glyn is involved with) has received an urgent appeal from Japan for Shelter Boxes – so we are actively engaged in raising money for this. Glyn Madden is playing concerts and at shopping centres in support of the appeal and, if you are able to make a donation please send a cheque (payable to The Rotary Club of Drone Valley) to: the Yamaha Club office at:

Yamaha Club Ltd.
Japan Disaster Appeal
1 Reynolds Close,
Derbyshire. S18 1QP.

We’ll make sure it reaches the disaster fund. Alternatively, you can donate online direct to Rotary International. Every little helps and we thank you very much for any support you’re able to give.

Members Area

Our old archive contains a wealth of material dating back many years and our new archive is being updated and added to all the time. The password to the Members’ Area where the archive is stored changes each time a new edition of the magazine is published – and, sometime during 1st April, it will change to the one provided on page 4 of the April/May 2011 edition. Until a new password takes over, however, the current one remains effective. To enter the ‘Members Area‘ just type the relevant password into the box provided. The new password must be entered in upper or lower case characters (exactly as shown in the magazine).


Audio Recording Workshop• Home Recording with Yamaha: Tyros4
Part 3: Glyn Madden takes a look at developments in the audio recording feature as we move from Tyros3 to the recently introduced Tyros4. Yamaha Club members can access our archive where earlier chapters from this series, covering the audio record/play features of Tyros2, 3, and CVP Clavinovas are held.

• The Professional Touch:
Yamaha UK demonstrator Richard Bower brings his three-part workshop series to a close. The series is based on Richard’s new tutorial DVD – ‘The Professional Touch: Building an Arrangement’ which is available from the Yamaha Club online shop. (link)

• Roger Hagarty’s Keyboard/Clavinova Workshop:
Part 20: This month Roger is taking a look at the MIDI – and having fun linking a breath controller to a Tyros keyboard. Watch the video of Roger playing the WX11 Breath Controller with Tyros4. (link)

• AR Electone workshop:
Peter Anderson continues the theme he began in February with more advice about selecting and adjusting voices on the Yamaha AR Series Electone. He also lifts the lid on the players who were employed to create the demonstration pieces contained in the AR organ.

Part 13 of ‘Notes from the AR-Group’
The AR-Group (link)

• Music workshop:
‘Jazz Night’ by Heather HammondDownload audio/MIDI illustration and backing tracks of ‘Jazz Night’. (link)
Music books by Heather Hammond (link)

• Putting On The Style:
Glyn Madden delves into the Function Menu to create a style for hymn tunes and shows how to assign voices to the bass and chord parts of a ‘stopped’ accompaniment style.

Regular Features

• People
We have news of two great personalities from the music industry celebrating ‘big’ birthdays. Les Bonner – the original ‘Clavinova Kid’ who launched the Clavinova in the UK celebrated his 80th birthday in February and John Taylor, head of Grosvenor Records (the major ‘organ’ recording label in the UK between the 1960s-2000 years) clocked up his 90th birthday. Congratulations to them both.

• A-Z of Yamaha Keyboard Terminology
Steve Selwood’s jargon-busting series reaches the letter ‘F’!
Steve’s latest CD is available from the Yamaha Club shop (link)

• Notebook (letters to Yamaha Club)

• Club Shop – buy and sell


• Andre Dreampads:
The sound of the big string orchestra is currently enjoying renewed popularity thanks to Andre Rieu and his orchestra. If you’re a fan (and a Tyros3 or Tyros4 owner) you may enjoy a new software collection from T.T.T. (link). Listen to a short demonstration based on the article in the April/May edition of Yamaha Club Magazine (link).

• Blues & Barrelhouse Piano
Janet Dowsett reviews another tutorial DVD – available from The Music People (link)

• Music For You
Janet Dowsett is back with more sheet music suggestions…
All music books are available from The Music People
’Twiddly-Bits Magic’ (link)
’It’s Easy To Play Soul Classics’ (link)
’The Complete Keyboard Player – Musicals’ (link)

Glyn Madden

1995-Current: Editor (Yamaha Club Magazine); 1980-2000: Yamaha Electone demonstrator (Yamaha UK)